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A Victory Seven Years in the Making: UMBC Swimming and Diving Sweeps Maryland in First Meeting in Seven Years
Junior Tina Cantwell won the 200 breast for the eighth straight meet this season against Maryland.
BALTIMOREóThe UMBC and University of Maryland menís and womenís swimming and diving teams met for the first time after a seven-year hiatus as the Retrievers downed the Terps in dominating fashion on Thursday night at the UMBC Natatorium. The men were victorious by a score of 142-92, while the women earned the win by a score of 134-99.
The two teams have not met since Nov. 9, 2000 and the meeting on Thursday was the first time in the history of the rivalry that both the UMBC men and women have come out victorious. It is also just the second time in recent history that the Retriever men (4-1) have defeated the Terps (2-1) after notching a victory in 1997, and the first time the Retriever women (3-3) have bested the Terps (2-3) in recent history.
On the menís side, the Retrievers won eight of 13 events, with freshman Seth McNew (
Junior Justin Bronson (
Bronson, Jones, and Carson took the 200, 500, and 1000 freestyles in times of 1:41.35, 4:45.23, and 9:43.05, respectively, while Kutt was tops in the 200 backstroke in 1:53.75 and Reitz in the 200 butterfly in 1:55.52.
Bronson and Kutt also led 1-2-3 sweeps of their respective events, while the 400 medley relay of Kutt, Auchter, Reitz, and Schneider turned in a time of 3:27.73 to start off the meet.
On the womenís side, the Retrievers took nine of 13 events, with junior Daniele Surkovich (
Surkovich took both the 100 and 200 freestyles with times of 53.04 and 1:52.73, while Godwin won both distance events, with a time of 5:04.53 in the 500 and 10:21.81 in the 1000. Gall swept the diving events with scores of 227.33 and 255.98 on the 1- and 3-meter boards.
Junior Tina Cantwell (
Sophomore Lindsay Sherman (Bethany, Conn./Amity) added the only other individual victory for the Retrievers as she turned in a time of 2:08.09 in the 200 fly and also teamed with Cantwell, sophomore Tereza Kaplanova (Prague, Czech Republic/J.G. Jarkovskeho) and senior Lindsey Engler (Salisbury, Md./James M. Bennett) to win the 400 medley relay in 3:56.78.
The Retrievers will return to competition on Saturday, Jan. 19 as they host